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State to ban texting and driving

May 15, 2012
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On July 1, texting while driving will be illegal in Idaho 

 

By RODNEY D. BOAM 

Citizen editor

When automobile drivers are going too slow, say 35 in a 55 or when they sit at a stop sign for an extra long time, chances are they are texting.

Texting and driving have become a problem on Idaho roads, highways and even city streets. It’s not hard to tell the signs of a driver bent over the steering wheel looking down at something rather than keeping their eyes on the road with both hands on the steering wheel.

The Idaho Transportation Department held a Highway Safety Summit in Boise last Tuesday where 200 safety and law enforcement officers met to talk about safe driving.

After July 1, texting while operating a vehicle will be illegal with an $85 fine for violators.

“Although the data is not in, said Idaho Transportation public information officer Steve Grant, “texting while driving is always a dangerous choice.”

After July 1, texting while driving will also be an illegal and costly decision. Idaho Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter signed legislation in April making texting while driving an infraction and making Idaho the 37th state to enact a texting-while-driving ban.

This story is sponsored by LaMont Automotive.

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